May 9th 2017 Newsletter

2016 Ser Rosé Of Cabernet Franc

Winemaker Notes: Subtle aromas of blood orange and strawberry. Focused palate, dry with bright natural acidity. Pomegranate, redcurrant and a hint of citrus rind on the palate. $22 Our Price $16.99 (Arrives 5/10/17)


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Wine Spectator 91
KUNDE ESTATE Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma Valley Magnolia Lane 2015

Perfectly ripe peach, mango and melon flavors are intense and fleshy, with bright acidity and floral and honey details that linger. Drink now. 8,900 cases made.-M.W. $17 Special Price $12.99


2013 Ser Lilo Vineyard
Santa Cruz Mt. Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Delicate, light in tannin with bright acidity. Classic Pinot fruit aromas of cherry and raspberry. Subtle complexity and earthiness draws you in on the palate. Balanced and elegant with a slight spice on the finish. $38 Our Price $32.49 (Arrives 5/10/17)


Wine Spectator 90
HAHN Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands SLH 2015

A graceful style that's medium-weight, with spicy, floral flavors of wilted rose and raspberry. Well-focused and persistent, maintaining its graceful balance and ending clean, with fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2022. 15,941 cases made.—JL. $30 Our Price $19.95


2014 Ser Coastview Monterey Syrah

Winemaker Notes: A full bodied, dry Syrah with aromas of black pepper, blackberry, and mocha. Smooth texture on the palate with black currant, leather and tar. Sourced from Monterey County's highest vineyard, this cool climate Syrah shows bright acidity. $36 Our Price $30.99 (Arrives 5/10/17)


Wine Spectator 95
CASANOVA DI NERI Brunello di Montalcino 2012

Effusive aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry, floral, mineral and tobacco are at the center of this linear, vibrant red. Well-structured, this offers terrific length on the sinewy finish. Best from 2020 through 2035. 6,054 cases made. –BS $65 Our Price $54.95


2015 Walter Hansel Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: Our Sauvignon Blanc fruit is grown on our Vineyard Manager's property located in Lake County. We hand select the vineyard section and specific vines based on cluster size, weight and ripeness. Notes of melon, fig and pears with a creamy undercurrent; the vibrant acidity will make it food friendly with a variety of dishes. $17 (Arrives 5/10/17)


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Domaine Sorin Terra Amata Rose Cotes de Provence 2016 Rosé

Cotes de Provence, Provence, France Blend: 40% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Carignan, 5% Rolle, and 5% Orgi.


2014 Raeburn Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: The Raeburn Russian River Valley Chardonnay shows an array of complex fruit tones ranging from white pear and apple to nectarine. The fruit is beautifully complemented with toasted oak, vanilla and hints of warm creme brulee with a balanced and elegant finish. $18 Our Price $14.49


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Wine Spectator 92
DRY CREEK Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage Vines 2015

Zesty and expressive, with jammy black raspberry and licorice aromas and supple, layered blackberry, toasty dill and pepper flavors. Drink now through 2026. 17,500 cases made.-T.F $22 Our Price $16.99


Wine Advocate 95-97
2015 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay
Richard Dinner Vineyard

The 2015 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard leaps from the glass with intense grapefruit, lemon zest and green mango notes over hints of toasted almonds and baking bread. Full-bodied and beautifully structured with a lovely backbone of acidity, the intense citrus and saline flavors just go on and on. $85 Our Price $79.99


Wine Advocate 94
2014 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Muldune Trail

The 2014 Pinot Noir Muldune Trail comes from a vineyard at the southern end of the Anderson Valley planted at an elevation of 1,600 feet. Again unfined and unfiltered, this has a dense ruby/plum color that is more saturated than its two predecessors and notes of fresh herbs intermixed with wet gravel, blueberry, raspberry and pomegranate. It is medium-bodied, long, rich, and made from Dijon clones 115 and 777. This is a broad, savory, impressive Pinot Noir to drink over the next decade. $70 Our Price $65.99


Antonio Galloni, Vinous 94
Staglin Family Vineyard 2015 Chardonnay

Staglin's 2015 Chardonnay is tropical and oily, with all of the richness of the vintage front and center. Orange peel, crème brulée, honey, butter and apricot jam give the 2015 much of its oily, viscous personality. In recent years the move towards a more finessed style with larger format oak and blocked malolactic fermentation has resulted in a Chardonnay that is at once dense yet also tense, bright and nicely focused, especially for size. The 2015 saw about 50% large format 500 and 600 liter, thick-staved barrels. $75 (Arrives 5/10/17)


Wine Advocate 97+
2013 Staglin Family Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Both 2013 Cabernet Sauvignons are in bottle, and both are absolutely magnificent wines, probably the two finest Cabernets made by the Staglins to date. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford (14.9% alcohol) has a stunning fragrance of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers (or is it violets?), sweet blackcurrant and black raspberry fruit, and a layered, opulent, rich and full-bodied mouthfeel. Add to that striking purity, equilibrium, and serious but finely grained tannins, and this is their finest Rutherford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon made to date. It has at least 30-40 years of life ahead of it. $250 (Arrives 5/10/17)


Connoisseurs’ Guide 95
Points RIDGE Geyserville Sonoma County 2015

Sporting a deep mix of dark fruits that runs from cassis to blackberries along with complexing elements of cocoa and earthy spice, this year’s edition of the Ridge Geyserville evokes all the accustomed richness that we have come to expect. It is a well-extracted and eminently ageworthy offering whose tannic, youthfully tight structure warrants a wait, but its astringency is never out of bounds and its insistently fruity finish is the hallmark of a wine guaranteed to repay five or more years of keeping with great dividends. 70% Zinfandel; 15% Carignane; 12% Petite Sirah; 3% Alicante Bouschet. $40.00 Our Price $34.99


2014 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: We set aside the best barrels of our Cabernet to produce Special Selection – the only wine in the world honored twice as Wine Spectator magazine’s “Wine of the Year.” Pushing the limits of richness and concentration, this Cabernet is enjoyable upon release or improves with aging a decade or more. Fine, luxurious tannins give structure to intense flavors of supple cacao bean, chocolate and dark fruits. $180 Our Price $TBD



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